About MCN

Mission and Vision

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) was founded in 1987 to meet the increasing information needs of nonprofits and to convene nonprofits to address issues facing the sector. It is the largest state association of nonprofits in the United States. Through MCN, nonprofits join together across interest areas to work on issues of common concern to all.

The History Of

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

The story of how the largest and strongest state association of nonprofits in the U.S. came to be goes back to 1983. In that year, a coalition of 130 nonprofit organizations joined to reform corporate and foundation grantmaking. They called it the Philanthropy Project.

During those early years, those involved in the project and its work saw the vast benefits of the sector joining together for mutual benefit. In 1987, many of those figures came together and designed a new organization that would create a more powerful voice for nonprofits and give nonprofits the capacity to do together what they could not do apart. The new organization would be called the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


Inclusion & Equity

Driven by our vision of nonprofit organizations accomplishing their missions for a healthy, cooperative, and just society, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity through enhancing and improving intercultural competence, intentionally creating inclusive spaces, and working to address disparities within the nonprofit sector.

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Meet Our

Staff and Board of Directors

MCN is operated and supported by a strong, diversely skilled staff and board of directors. With decades of experience in all areas of nonprofit management, MCN's staff and board guide the organization's long-standing mission to inform, promote, connect, and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.

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Each year, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits recognizes outstanding nonprofits, nonprofit work, and nonprofit leaders through the Nonprofit Mission Awards, Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards, Leadership Awards, and Dot.Org awards. It is our belief that by shining a light on the best people, organizations, and work our sector has to offer, all nonprofits share in the glow.

Minnesota Affiliations

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is part of an active network of nonprofit support agencies in our state. These Nonprofit Allies collaborate, partner, and share information to ensure that nonprofits have ample resources and services to help individual organizations accomplish their mission.

National Affiliations

MCN is a member of the several national organizations dedicated to enhancing the nonprofit sector. Through these affiliations, MCN is able to bring the knowledge and resources of these national groups to nonprofits in Minnesota. Our involvement also brings the voice of Minnesota's nonprofits to the national level.

Contact Us

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. West #20
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-642-1904
Fax: 651-642-1517
Greater MN: 1-800-289-1904


Rent MCN's Conference Room

MCN's Nonprofit Learning Center is available to MCN member nonprofits for single event rental. 

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